A7X part ways with Mike Portnoy
"This certainly comes as a major surprise. Since departing from Dream Theater back in September, many thought that Portnoy’s involvement with the band would eventually become permanent. It also seems like weird timing for this to happen, since Avenged Sevenfold still has a lot of touring commitments to fulfill, including their Nightmare After Christmas tour. It also seems like Portnoy was hoping/willing to continue at least a little further. So what gives? This would further explain, though, why they recently canceled their involvement with the Australian Soundwave festival. We’ll keep you posted when more information is revealed regarding both Portnoy and A7X’s plans."